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I am writing to give you an update on the Conversation on College Enrollment and Success to be held on November 19th from 9 am-2:15 pm in the Grand Maple Ballroom at the Davis Center on the University of Vermont campus. Please note the new time (a revised draft agenda is attached). We have extended the agenda by an hour to provide more time for dialog and collaboration.

As you may know, the goal of the conversation is to shed light on the fact that Vermont has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country but one of the lowest rates of high school graduates going on to college. We believe the implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessments in the spring of 2015 represents an opportunity to begin a conversation on how K-12, higher education, business, and community groups can work together to increase the number of students successfully enrolling in college and graduating.

In addition to Tim Donovan, Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges; Scott Giles, President and CEO of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp; and Tom Sullivan, President of University of Vermont, we will have two additional speakers at the event. Jacqueline King from the Smarter Balanced Consortium will speak on the potential of the Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to transform the relationship between K-12 and Higher Education. Paul Hernandez, educator and activist on college access, will speak during lunch on innovative, community-based approaches to increasing enrollment and success in college. Dr. Hernandez will also be providing a public lecture later in the day after the conclusion of the event at 4pm on “Opening Doors to Higher Education: From At-Risk Student to Change Agent.”

As noted previously, the purpose of this conversation is to discuss the current state of affairs in Vermont related to college enrollment and success and to come up with a set of action steps designed to increase enrollment and success in college for Vermont students. Your input is important.

If you have any questions or if you still need to RSVP for the event please contact Chris Caswell at cess.rsvp@uvm.edu by November 5th. Attached please find a flyer on the Paul Hernandez lecture, which may also be of interest to you or your colleagues.





Fayneese Miller, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education and Social Services


The College of Education and Social Services
University of Vermont
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